The RTÉ unions are writing to management demanding a pay rise for employees

The union group RTÉ has ​​written to the management of the national broadcaster asking for a pay rise for the staff.

The group has requested a meeting with management to discuss a pay rise for employees and will “follow the pay rise rigorously,” said Cearbhall Ó Síocháin, secretary of union group RTÉ.

The move comes almost exactly a year ago, since RTÉ staff unanimously rejected a pay cut plan to fix the channel’s financial difficulties.

Nearly 90 percent of employees rejected the proposed pay cuts last April in a vote that, if passed, would have resulted in a loss of between 3 and 5 percent in earnings for those earning more than €40,000 a year.

The broadcaster also attempted to cut between 60 and 70 jobs through a voluntary exit program

Mr Ó Síocháin told RTÉ that there had been no salary increase at the station for 15 years. He said the salary demand was justified given the rising cost of living and additional staffing requirements during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He also confirmed that as part of the wage demand, the union group would seek equal pay for workers in Raidió na Gaeltachta.

The wage demand provides for a pay increase in line with the recommendations of the Irish Trade Union Confederation. The current advice is that workers should aim for wage increases of between 2.5 and 5.5 percent due to inflation and the rising cost of living. The RTÉ unions are writing to management demanding a pay rise for employees

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